- A Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge University’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) where I have in the past co-directed the Conspiracy and Democracy and Technology and Democracy projects. The Conspiracy project finished in November 2018. The ‘Technology and Democracy’ project has concluded, and I am currently writing it up. It has now led to the foundation of a new Centre for Technology and Democracy in CRASSH with generous five-year philanthropic funding from the Minderoo Foundation. I am the Chair of the Centre’s Advisory Committee.
- Director of the Press Fellowship Programme at Wolfson College, Cambridge
- Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University
- An Adjunct Professor at University College, Cork
- The Technology columnist of the London Observer newspaper.
My most recent book, From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet, is published by Quercus Books. Current projects include:
- 95 Theses about Technology, which is currently a website and will eventually become a book — among other things.
- The First 100 Days: A lockdown Diary, now available as a Kindle book
- A Reader’s Guide to Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism — in the works now.
- Along with Sir Richard Evans and David Runciman, I was a PI on a five-year Leverhulme-funded project on Conspiracy and Democracy which is based in the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH);
- I was a PI with David Runciman on the Politics and Democracy strand of the Cambridge Centre for Digital Knowledge (also based in CRASSH).
- I have occasionally taught on the Masters in Public Administration course in the Department of Politics and International Studies
- I supervise students on the MSt (Masters In International Relations) course in the department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge
- Internet columnist of the London Observer. You can find an archive of my Networker columns here and some of my essays and longer pieces here;
- Former Vice President and now Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College where I run the College’s Press Fellowship Programme;
- I was Academic Adviser to the Arcadia Project at Cambridge University Library a project that ran from 2008-2012 and had 19 Arcadia Fellows;
- Author of a widely-read history of the Internet;
- One of the authors of the Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property sponsored by the Royal Society of Arts;
- An investor in technology start-ups;
- A keen (nay fanatical) photographer;
- A grandfather (since November 2009).
My Blog is named after Vannevar Bush’s original concept of a system for associative linking which eventually was realised as hypertext and later as the World Wide Web. The story in told in some detail in my book, A Brief History of the Future: the origins of the Internet. Best email address for me: john.jnaughton [at] gmail.com
Hi-res mugshot of me is available here on a CC-by licence (which means you must credit the photographer, Sebastiaan Ter Burg).